Monday, September 21, 2009

Yellowstone

Bald Eagle in Yellowstone
Photos taken with my little point-and-shoot camera.

Yellowstone Lake

If you haven't been to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, they should be on your list of "places I must see". We enjoyed a family vacation here last week and I'm still trying to assimilate all of the images and experiences
Our home base was West Yellowstone, Montana, and the first thing we did was visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
which is a non-profit organization that takes in animals that can no longer live in the wild, and gives the public an opportunity to observe them up-close.

My daughter's fiance, Sam, had a little fun wearing a bear mask and participating in a demonstration on using bear pepper spray when deterring a bear in the wilderness is necessary (no animals or humans harmed in demo).

Boardwalks in the park let visitors walk through areas of hot pools and geysers. Here we explored the Fountain Paint Pots area. Steaming pools of water and mud can be found in several locations in Yellowstone.

And what would a trip to Yellowstone be without seeing an eruption of Old Faithful?
We saw a herd of over one hundred bison in the Hayden Valley area, who are feeding in preparation for the winter ahead.
This guy was right next to the road. Guests are warned not to get too close, but the bison don't seem at all fazed by the hordes of excited tourists with cameras.
Our favorite area in the park was the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This is the view of the Lower Falls from Artist's Point.

Steaming pools near the Norris Museum


I'll post some pictures from Grand Teton next time.


6 comments:

Robin Olsen said...

Beautiful pictures Suzanne. I worked at Yellowstone many years ago, and these bring back lots of great memories.

edina said...

Wonderful photos - looks like you had a great vacation!

Paula McNamee said...

Welcome home. It sounds like you had a great vacation. Your photos make me want to take a trip to Yellowstone. Thanks for sharing.

andiknit said...

Your beautiful pictures of Yellowstone bring back great memories of my family's trip there in 2007. Great trip, hope you had fun!

purple bird art said...

Your photos bring back so many memories. When I lived in eastern Idaho, I drove to Yellowstone and Teton several times a summer, but have not been back not in 15 years. Thanks for bringing me back in your photos

Dayna Collins said...

I got to visit Yellowstone in August on a road trip with my husband and son -- also got to visit Mt. Rushmore for the first time! Your photos of your trip are great and it certainly is beautiful country.